Monday, January 18, 2010

January 22 Free PAM, Tidal, Fontanelle Swan Song, Objectified

Every fourth Friday, the Portland Art Museum is free for all, in the evening. Free is good! At the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 5PM-8 Free

Jenene Nagy is a Portland sculptor who excels at idea-driven minimal sculpture and installation. Pure thought shape. For many years she was half the great Tilt Gallery in the Everett Station lofts. For this show she has lebensraum at Disjecta to go big with Tidal. She takes full advantage of one of Portland's largest spaces with subtle lighting and overlapping planes spilling from the ceiling, floors and walls. Nagy engages a thoughtful process in planning each irregular shape from every viewer angle. At Disjecta. 8371 N Interstate near Paul Bunyon. All the time 6PM-10. Free

Fontanelle has been an earnest purveyor of art by emerging artists, book arts and musical performance by friends. They made an elegant thing and left a path of beauty and community in the Portland art thicket. It is time for them to wrap up their successful experiment, and they do so tonight. The last show, Julianna Bright, is up and there will be music. At Fontanelle 205 SW Pine 7PM-9 Free

Objectified is a documentary by Gary Hustwit, also behind Helvetica. Objectified is an examination of industrial design, through interviews with designers and thinkers across the globe. I've seen it it is a gentle and engaging introduction to the behind the scenes thinking that goes into everyday manufactured products. The film focuses on Chris Bangle, BMW; French designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec; design curators Paola Antonelli and Andrew Blauvelt at MOMA the Walker, respectively; IDEO founders Bill Moggridge and David Kelley, creative director Jane Fulton Suri and current leader Tim Brown; Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby designers and professors at London's RCA; designer Davin Stowell and Dan Formosa of Smart Design; noted Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa; Apple VP of design Jonathan Ive; Dutch designer Hella Jongerius; Australian jelly bean-style superstar Marc Newson; Braun design giant Dieter Rams; versatile designer of just about anything, Karim Rashid; as well as international design journalists Alice Rawsthorn and Rob Walker. Helvetica and Objectified are part of a planned design film trilogy. Perhaps for the third film, Hustwit will take on designers working on the design challenges of developing countries, the theme of the Design for the Other 90% show, out of Cooper Hewitt. Sponsored by the Industrial Design Department, a welcome addition to creative education in Portland. At the Art Institute of Portland, 1122 NW Davis, 7In the main space on the second floor, 7PM Free